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Recycle a plastic tobbogan into a mobile survival tool

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A plastic kids’ toboggan has many uses in wilderness and survival situations. And they’re easy to find and cheap. Here’s why you might consider one as a piece of survival equipment.

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Video review: LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

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Ounces count in backpacking, and shaving water weight is one option. The LifeStraw Portable Water Filter can really help. It’s lightweight, compact and works really well.

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Fenix rechargeable headlamp, headlamp, best headlamp, lights for deer hunters

Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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The Ridge Runner paracord sling fits well on my 7 mm Magnum Remington 700. The sling is interchangeable with many of firearms. (Pantenburg photos)

Before you buy a gun | Here are some things to think about

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Few things require more fore-thought than buying a firearm. But more important than the style, caliber, action and size is the reason for buying a gun. Do you really need one? You might be surprised.

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Holiday gift ideas: Make an effective, functional solar lamp for under $7

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Emergency lighting: The holiday season is fast approaching, and here’s an inexpensive, recycled gift for those preppers – and non-preppers – on the list.

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Video: Make your own solar powered emergency interior lights

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Have some of those solar-powered outdoor garden lights on the path outside? Here’s how to adapt them to an interior emergency lighting setting.

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Bravo 2, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

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 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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For Wilderness and Urban Safety: Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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This Civil War replica and WWII canteen cup are very useful survival kit items.

Tin cup: Useful addition to emergency kit

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Some of the best items for survival kits are common, easily-found products. One of those is a large metal cup. A tin cup can be used for many things.

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